Air Namibia starts CEO search

30 July 2019 | Transport

Air Namibia is once again looking for a new chief executive. The company has been without a permanent CEO since 2015.

The airline last week placed an advertisement announcing its plan to appoint a new CEO. Transport minister John Mutorwa had said in January that the airline's board of directors had been instructed to find a new CEO. The airline is currently headed by long-time Air Namibia executive Xavier Masule, who was appointed in March this year.

“The airline requires a highly experienced, dynamic and passionate professional with strong operational, financial and commercial acumen to be hired as a full-time CEO on contract basis for a period of five years, or such shorter period as the board may determine. The CEO position shall be the focal position to implement the turnaround strategy for the national carrier,” the advertisement read.

“The ideal candidate is required to share a passion for reshaping Air Namibia and bringing it to stand in the league of major national airlines. The selected person shall be required to develop and lead a major change management programme to address Air Namibia's financial, operational, commercial and cultural turnaround, including guiding and motivating its employees to deliver their best performance, as a team,” it stated.

Candidates are required to have a minimum 15 years' experience, preferably in the aviation sector, with a minimum of 10 years' experience in a management position, and five at an executive management position in a relevant profession, the airline said. The airline was previously headed by lawyer Mandi Samson. Samson was appointed in 2015 and acted in that capacity until her resignation earlier this year.

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